We all are waiting for the HTC One M9 to hit the markets worldwide which is scheduled on March,16th. Sadly, we might need to wait a little while longer because HTC missed the deadline. According to various reports, the Taiwanese manufacturer has delayed the release because of an urgent software update that the handset must receive before launch.
Whether or not this is true, is hard to tell, but it is a fact that the company has missed its March,16th home market shipping date. Some impatient customers, who have already payed for the flagship are reporting that the official statement they are receiving are for a delay of a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
Contrary to what we had been led to believe previously, a new report/rumor is indicating that the release for the Galaxy S8 will be delayed till April. As per the report, the delay is brought on to absolutely ensure the safety and quality of the product on release. Samsung had officially stated earlier that "Currently we do not have any plans to release Galaxy S8 early." We were led to believe that this means Samsung will stick to their usual routine of releasing the next Galaxy device a day prior to the MWC in Barcelona. Whether that happens or not, remains to be seen now.
We also have news that Samsung may begin to put together the prototypes and begin testing the S8 from January, after receiving the first order of the necessary parts from its supply chains in the same timeline. Mass production of the final build should begin around the month of March after two months of testing. If you are not yet aware of all else that the rumors are predicting about the Galaxy S8, take a look here. Keep in mind though, nothing is confirmed as of yet.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Samsung had only recently concluded its research on why the Note 7 started to catch fire and we already have a new report which is suggesting that in light of the new findings, Samsung has decided to delay its previously scheduled release of the S8 from February, 2017 to April, 2017. In case you are wondering as to what exactly Samsung has found which resulted in the company taking such a big decision; know that the Korean electronics giant has held that information from a public revelation, as of now. Nevertheless, if you can't wait for Samsung to release the official statement, take a look at what Instrumental had independently unveiled two weeks ago as the cause of the Note 7 related fires.
The source further details that the exclusive launch event will be held in New York City sometime during the month of April. Apparently, the roughly two month's delay will be utilized by Samsung to gain the confidence of its customer base back through a number of campaigns and strategies. At the global strategy meeting that is currently being held at the headquarters of Samsung in Seoul, South Korea, President Koh Dong-jin has once again stressed on the importance of keeping things under a tight lid, as well as maximizing security on every front prior to the release of the Galaxy S8.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
AGAIN, Rockstar has delayed the launch of the GTA V for PC to become available on April,14th which is the 3rd time the game studio delays the launch date.
GTA V PC version is already available for pre-order. It was originally set to launch this year on January,27th then it got delayed again to March 24th... and now it's April,14th. We hope no more delays hit the game's release date, it's clearly not an easy ride for PC gamers who are fans of the GTA franchise.
Rockstar Games has apologized for the new delay, saying that "a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible". To calm people down, those who pre-ordered GTA V will receive an additional $200,000 of in-game cash to use in GTA Online.
For the PC version, Rockstar promises some unique enhancements such as greater levels of detail, deep configuration options, Ultra HD support, and the new Rockstar Editor that will let you record and edit original custom videos.
Bad News for UK Google fans, Amazon UK seems to be facing issues with getting the HTC Nexus 9 in stock, the online retailer has just pushed the Nexus 9 shipping date to December,15th. That's a whole month delay... as the tablet was supposed to be released on November,3rd.
Naturally, the slate is also offered on the Google Play Store. There, it is listed to start shipping on November 3, so the setback seems to be affecting only Amazon UK for now. There's no information if other retailers in the country are going to delay the Nexus 9 or if the problem is affecting other countries.
The HTC Nexus 9 Wi-Fi starts at £319 for the 16GB version, and £399 for the 32GB of storage. The Nexus 9 comes with an 8.9-inch 2,048x1,536 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.6 MP front snapper, and it's powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset, with a 2.3 GHz dual-core CPU.
Samsung fans on the UK is eagerly waiting for the Galaxy Note 4 launch which is supposed to be on October,10. Sadly, the launch will be delayed a week from the scheduled date. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will officially hit the shelves in the UK on October,17th.
That was for Samsung's own stores though, pre-orders for on-contract devices listed October,17th as the shipping date. A good part of Europe will also get the phablet at that date and now it seems so will the UK. Samsung is citing "amazing interest and demand" as the reason for the delay.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 costs around £575 off-contract but can be head for free with a contract worth at least £38 a month.
Although Google never revealed the exact date for the Android 5.0 rollout for the Nexus devices, unofficial sources had claimed that it should commence on November 3. In case you haven't noticed, it's November 6 today. So what happened to the update?
As it turns out, Google found some major bugs in the last developer preview of the Android 5.0 build, particularly one related to Wi-Fi, which drains the battery and makes the devices hotter.
Although Google has fixed the bug now (marked as "fixed" on bug report), the unofficial release date has been pushed back to November,12th roll-out after which you'll start seeing the rollout on Nexus devices, starting with Nexus 7.
We already saw the Hands-on video of the Galaxy Note Edge and Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop 5.0.1 update. However, Samsung didn't release the update yet on any region, even the old Galaxy Note 3 got its official Lollipop update in some regions...
Where's the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop Update ?
Well, it turns out that Samsung delayed the Galaxy Note 4 Lollipop 5.0.1 update due to compatibility issues with Samsung Gear VR. Samsung needs to make sure that the Gear VR will work well on the Note 4 Lollipop ROM, so far the Galaxy Note 4 ROM is still in the hands of Oculus VR who are tweaking the kernel to ensure its compatibility with the Samsung Gear VR.
Samsung Gear VR is Samsung's current take on virtual reality headset based on the popular Oculus Rift. While compatibility issues might explain the delay the question still stands why this can't be achieved in a later update. It looks like Gear VR is very important to Samsung that it delayed the full Lollipop roll-out for it.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Official Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Update should've arrived last month, so far the update hasn't started on any region yet. Here's Why...
Galaxy Grand Prime Lollipop Update
The current Galaxy Grand Prime Official Lollipop update status is "Delayed". The delay is due to additional testing being done on the firmware before the final release, We will keep you updated. The 2nd reason, Samsung is launching a new Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition device with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Pre-installed into markets worldwide.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition
Samsung is working Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition (SM-G531F). It will pack a 5" qHD display (540 x 960px) and while it drops the Snapdragon 410 chipset, moving to a Marvell PXA1908, but keeps the quad-core 64-bit processor (Cortex-A53) and 1GB of RAM. The GPU is different though, GC7000.
Connectivity brings the same LTE Cat.54, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The cameras are 8MP on the back and 5MP on the front, the battery at 2,600mAh. Thickness and weight stay at 8.6mm and 156g, really not much has changed. Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition launch price should be around €200
One definite improvement is that the Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition will launch with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Out-of-the-box. The Original model is still on 4.4 KitKat and as we said above, the Lollipop update is delayed. Stay Tuned for More info!